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GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact

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Here’s your chance to talk about the Union as they look to get three critical points against the Impact.

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Philadelphia Union fans show their support.
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The Philadelphia Union look to keep the Montreal Impact at bay in a critical Eastern Conference matchup this evening at Talen Energy Stadium. The Union (11-10-7) are just three points up on the Impact (9-8-10), and a win today would not only put some distance between the two clubs but could draw them level with Toronto FC (12-8-7) and the New York Red Bulls (12-9-7) depending on the results of those matches.

The Union didn’t fare so well with Andre Blake and Alejandro Bedoya out on international duty, losing 3-0 to the Chicago Fire in Illinois last Saturday. The Impact also had a disastrous last outing, losing to Orlando City 4-1 in Montreal on Wednesday. The Impact will be on short rest and be forced to deal with the brutal heat and humidity, with the game time temperature expected to be 87° F with a heat index of 94° F at kickoff.

We’d love to hear from you. We’ll be chatting here throughout the match, so feel free to chime in in the comments section below!

UNION GAME #29
VS
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)
Date: September 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Television: he Comcast Network (Philadelphia), TVA Sports (Canada), TSN 690 Montreal, DirecTV Channel 472, MLS Direct Kick
Online Streaming: MLS Live, MLS Direct Kick
Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact
Starting XI
CJ Sapong Forward Matteo Mancosu
Chris Pontius, Tranquillo Barnetta, Fabian Herbers; Warren Creavalle, Alejandro Bedoya Midfield Ignacio Piatti, Patrice Bernier, Lucas Ontivero; Hernan Bernardello, Marco Donadel
Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Josh Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry Defense Ambroise Oyongo, Laurent Ciman, Hassoun Camara, Donny Toia
Andre Blake Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg
John McCarthy, Ken Tribbett, Roland Alberg, Brian Carroll, Charlie Davies, Ilsinho, Ray Gaddis Bench Maxime Crepeau, Victor Cabrera, Kyle Bekker, Callum Mallace, Harry Shipp, Dominic Odro, Didier Drogba
Numbers of Note
33 - Total number of points this season for Ignacio Piatti and Didier Drogba (14G, 5A and 9G, 5A respectively).
6 - Number of goals scored by Montreal against the Union this year.
1 - Number of games in hand Montreal has on the Union.
Game Officials
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant: Corey Parker
Assistant: Kathryn Nesbitt
Fourth: Jaime Herrera